Jason Hamilton captured the Hoover Chevrolet/GM Performance Parts Sportsman Modified 50 at Big Diamond Raceway on Friday night.

Hamilton's Vanderlely Power Train & Speed Parts/Pipersville Garden Center, Chevy-powered TEO No.15 began to show substantial smoke near the mid-point of the event but some how lasted the full distance. Laudan Seigfried of took the $650 win in the Brickel's Racing Collectibles Limited Late Model 25 while Dave Miller of Pine Grove captured the roadrunner season finale. Veronika Guinther of Salisbury Twp. captured the Modified/Sportsman Powder Puff 12 while Becky Sterner of Schuylkill Haven took the Powder Puff honors in the Roadrunners. Jason Hamilton took the $2000 win over Kyle Weiss, Tom Brennan ,Gene Stravinsky, Dave issinger, Billy Moyer, Jr., Keith Fleming, Ryan Moyer, Tom Miller (Gilbertsville) and Brad Force. Heat winners were Luke Wagner (Grantville), Weiss, Brennan and Hamilton while the dual consolations went to Colt Harris (Gordon) and Andy Fayash, Jr. (Mary-D).

"We ran well and won a mid-week race here (in June), but I was leading the Sportsman Rookie points at New Egypt (Speedway) and I wanted to make sure I won that title," shared Hamilton, a micro-sprint graduate in his first year in the big cars. "When that was done, we started running weekly here as well. This is really a big win for us."

Random bits from the pits

The local racing season is rapidly coming to a close.

For the stock car fans, there are only a couple weeks of racing left. For the drag racers the biggest race of the season comes to Maple Grove Dragway this weekend for the 20th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, the 19th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2004 NHRA POWERade championships.

Sportsmen competitors in six categories earn points leading to 2004 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championships.

Maple Grove Raceway, in Mohnton, is located off the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Exit 298), 10 miles south of Reading.

SCHEDULE: Thursday, Sept. 16 - Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17 - Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 8:30 a.m. Professional Qualifying Sessions at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 - Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 8:30 a.m. Professional Qualifying Sessions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 - Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION: Saturday, Sept. 18, ESPN2 will televise two-hours of qualifying highlights at 4 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 19, ESPN2 will broadcast NHRA 2Day, a 30-minute weekly news magazine show, at 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, Sept. 19, ESPN2 will televise three-hours of eliminations coverage at 4 p.m.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass): Thursday - Adult, $10; Junior (6-12 years), free. Friday - Adult, $30; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Saturday - Adult, $40; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Sunday - Adult, $45; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Child (5 years and under), free in general admission and pit areas each day.

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass): Saturday - Adult, $50; Junior (6-12 years), $20; Child (5 years and under), $10. Sunday - Adult, $59; Junior (6-12 years), $24; Child (5 years and under), $14.

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